The treatment of women in Parliament House and Australian society more broadly has been the focus of much attention since the last election – how political leaders respond may decide their fate.
In two powerful addresses, Tame and Higgins have insisted on action instead of just words on sexual abuse, and reinvigorated feminism for a new generation of young women.
Scott Morrison has said “sorry” to Brittany Higgins during a parliamentary acknowledgement of victims of bullying, harassment and sexual assaults in the parliamentary workplace.
This episode will reinforce the opinion of some Liberals that Joyce has proved a liability to the government (just as they expected).
It feels like history was made in 2021. But it is hard to argue there has been concrete change at Parliament House … yet.
Whether it’s been the vaccine rollout, a federal ICAC, political scandals or the treatment of women, the Morrison government has had a shocking year. But will it pay for it in 2022?
The review has been underway since March, speaking to current and former MPs and employees at parliament house.
Research charting women’s political careers from the moment they are first interested shows they experience abuse at each stage — and this forces some to abandon their ambitions.
The 26-year-old man has been summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on September 16 this year.
Politicians, staffers and academics have come together to try and address bullying and harassment at parliament house. They have three key messages.
A key part of the Morrison government’s plan to improve parliamentary culture has been made public.
Katy Gallagher on the battle to hold the government to account.
Michelle Grattan discusses the finding of Senate estimates with Katy Gallagher
The report from John Kunkel, Scott Morrison’s chief of staff, into whether the Prime Minister’s office briefed against Brittany Higgins’ partner David Sharaz has been drafted with Jesuitical subtlety.
From Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union, to Christine Holgate and Brittany Higgins, suffragette white has a long history.
Brittany Higgins, Christine Holgate, that awful desk thing at parliament. It is easy think it is all bad news and nothing is changing. But these Australians show there is hope.
There is an urgent need to address the high rates of violence against Indigenous women and children. Australia has been silent on these issues for too long.
Brittany Higgins’ forthcoming memoir will allow her to tell her story in her own words. She’ll join a group of strong women who’ve done just that.
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.
One notable characteristic of Morrison is how his mood can turn on a dime - that was notable at his press conference on Tuesday morning, where he discussed the treatment of women in parliament.
Victim-survivors want to have their experiences heard and the wrong against them acknowledged — sadly, the opposite often occurs.